David M Melnick, MD, MPH, FACS


  • Division of Acute Care and Regional General Surgery

(608) 262-6246

1 S Park St
4th FL
Madison, WI 53715-1375


  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Residency in General Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Fellowship in Critical Care, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Melnick is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He treats a broad range of elective and emergency general surgical conditions with special interests in breast cancer, gallbladder disease, hernias, and dialysis access. He directs the medical student and resident rotations at Unity Point-Meriter Hospital and also operates at Madison Surgery Center and occasionally at UW Hospital and The American Center. He has a research interest in opioid use in the surgical patient. He sees patients at One South Park Street in Madison.

Recent Publications

  • Disposal of Unused Postoperative Opioids: A Real-World Demonstration of Surgeon-initiated Strategies Using an Activated Charcoal Bag System.
    Nishtala MV, Karim AS, Melnick D, Delarwelle T, Lawson E, Greenberg CC, Borza T
    Ann Surg Open 2023 Sep; 4(3): e313
    [PubMed ID: 37746621]

  • Surgical Trainee Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis: The Influence of Explicit and Hidden Curricula.
    Bleicher J, Johnson JE, Cain BT, Shaw RD, Acher AA, Gleason L, Barth RJ, Chu DI, Jung S, Melnick D, Kaphingst KA, Smith BK, Huang LC
    J Surg Educ 2023 Jun; 80(6): 786-796
    [PubMed ID: 36890045]

  • Patterns of opioid use in dialysis access procedures.
    Janek KC, Bennett KM, Imbus JR, Danobeitia JS, Philip JL, Melnick DM
    J Vasc Surg 2020 Sep; 72(3): 1018-1024
    [PubMed ID: 32115321]

  • Percutaneous versus surgical insertion of PD catheters in dialysis patients: a meta-analysis.
    Boujelbane L, Fu N, Chapla K, Melnick D, Redfield RR, Waheed S, Yevzlin AS, Shin JI, Astor BC, Chan MR
    J Vasc Access 2015; 16(6): 498-505
    [PubMed ID: 26165817]

  • How is arteriovenous fistula longevity best prolonged?: The role of endovascular stents.
    Yevzlin AS, Melnick DM
    Semin Dial 2015; 28(1): 29-32
    [PubMed ID: 25230719]

All Publications on PubMed